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Sunday, November 27, 2022

ODSG kicks against illegal use of govt vehicles

By Adekola Afolabi

Ondo state government has raised alarm that some owners of unregistered vehicles are now using dealers’ seals to perpetrate evils and constitute security threat in the state.

Government, however, cautioned car dealers giving out office seals indiscriminately to desist as erring car dealers would be sanctioned appropriately.

The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale who stated this in a chat with Government House correspondents in Akure, also warned those using  NANS, NYCN or PRESIDENCY as their number plates without proper documentation and identification should desist from such act or face the full wrath of the law.

He equally revealed that on no account should any government officials transfer cars in their possessions to other persons, even as no one was permitted to use the government’s number plates on private vehicles.

Dr Odebowale said state government has ordered security operatives to impound such vehicles and prosecute culprits.

The governor’s aide disclosed that some unscrupulous individuals had been acting under the guise of official vehicle number plates and government seals to commit crimes, noting that such has to stop forthwith.

Odebowale who stressed that government vehicles found released to family members or relatives would be impounded with such officials sanctioned also urged past political appointees to immediately release number plates in their possessions to government.

He said government will henceforth seriously sanction public officers, especially political appointees covering their number plate, saying only the governor, his deputy, State House of Assembly Speaker and his deputy had the privilege to cover their number plates.

The SSA further revealed that office of the  Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties has sent out letters of invitation to all those operating as car  dealers in the state to know how they operate and discourage indiscriminate display of vehicles which encourages thieves to steal vehicles.

He also added that vehicles coming from other states should have proper identification or authorization, just as he enjoined those in hospitality business to always have proper identification of those who patronize them, for the safety and security of lives and properties of the people of the state.

He advised residents of the state to always cooperate with the state government and  security agencies to curb crimes and criminality in any part of the state.


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